Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.

City Island Birds
Since 2007

Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.


Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

Jack Rothman


Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)

New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)


Beginner’s Guide

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

Birding Advocacy

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A nesting Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest near Turtle Cove found a few years ago. It’s hard to tell proportion in the photo, but the nest was tiny, about the size of a thimble.

Nesting Barn Swallows at the Bronx Zoo.

List of Birds at Our Puddle 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Killdeer, White-rumped Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-headed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Laughing Gull, Peregrine Falcon, Wilson’s Snipe, American Pipit, Merlin, Canada Goose.


Barn Swallow mom feeding the kids near the Split Rock Golf Course in Pelham Bay Park.


A Black-crowned Night Heron nest in Nickerson Beach, LI.

Upcoming Bird Walks- Nesting Birds and Residents

Now is the time to find nesting birds and possible early migrating shore birds. As everyone knows, my regular walks are in Pelham Bay Park. This spring I will mostly be conducting walks in Van Cortland Park.  These walks are sponsored by Councilman Andrew Cohen and NYC Audubon, they continue until July 21. I will post the Van Cortland and Pelham Bay Park walks on the website and also send out emails, if you are on the distribution list. Email me to get on the list.

Want to know what a birdwalk is like? Watch this video done by Rafael Samanez on our last PBPK walk, if you were there, you may be in it!

Link Here

All photos and text by Jack Rothman

All rights reserved. No photo may be copied or duplicated without written permission.

Updated 6/17/18

Copyright 2018

Cliff Swallow nesting in one of the condemned bath houses at Orchard Beach

Immature Great Horned Owl in it’s nest, Pelham Bay Park.


Spring Birdwalks (with Jack) at Van Cortland Park

Saturday, June 30 and July 7, 14

July 21 with Nadir Souirgi

Walks meet at the Nature Center 9:00 am

All walks are Free- Beginners especially welcome

Van Cortland Park walks are sponsored by Councilman Andrew Cohen and NYC Audubon

If you would like to thank him: 718-549-7300 or

email: District 11@council.nyc.gov

Pelham Bay Walks, to be announced

Questions? Email me: jack@cityislandbirds.com